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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

UK judge: Council discriminated in removing bus ads promoting Franklin Graham festival

April 1, 2021

(RNS) — The judge said the borough council’s actions ‘discriminated on the ground of religion’ and showed ‘wholesale disregard for the right to freedom of expression.’

She swung from purity culture to hookup culture. Now she’s written a memoir on it.

March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Brenda Marie Davies has written a memoir she calls a cautionary tale about the damaging message of purity culture in which she takes an unflinchingly honest look at female sexuality.

Poll: American Jews report increasing incidents of anti-Semitism, mostly online

March 31, 2021

(RNS) — More than 60% of American Jews said they experienced or heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats, up from 54% a year earlier.

Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

March 26, 2021

(RNS) — Graham’s March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation

March 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. “Tradition is what you make,” he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.

Another NC man is free to leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease

March 24, 2021

(RNS) — Eliseo Jimenez, a 42-year-old itinerant laborer who worked in the state’s tobacco fields and later in construction laying floors, has been living at Umstead Park United Church of Christ since Oct. 9, 2017.

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

March 23, 2021

(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

Poll: 4 in 10 US Christians plan to attend in-person Easter services

March 22, 2021

(RNS) — Americans are growing more confident they can attend in-person religious services, but many still want restrictions such as social distancing and masking.

US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery

March 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.

With Beth Moore’s exit, more evangelical women are challenging strict gender norms

March 19, 2021

(RNS) — While no one expects a groundswell of women to follow Moore, some evangelical women are beginning to speak out about the limits of complementarian theology.

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality

March 16, 2021

(RNS) — They expressed support for LGBTQ civil protections but are asking that the Senate take up a rival bill called Fairness for All, which includes religious exemptions.

He claimed white Jews gained from white supremacy. Now he’s more popular than ever.

March 12, 2021

(RNS) — Historian Marc Dollinger is on a quest to analyze Jewish complicity in racism.

‘Til Kingdom Come’ examines link between end-times theology and Israel politics

March 11, 2021

(RNS) — The new documentary by Israeli director Maya Zinshtein focuses on the complex alliance among evangelicals, Israel’s political establishment, its largest charity and the West Bank settler movement.

Survey: Churchgoers say they plan to return to in-person services

March 10, 2021

(RNS) — Many churches are already meeting in person, but attendance has typically been smaller to accommodate for social distancing. That will likely change, a Lifeway Research poll suggests.

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